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9:25 AM ET, January 14, 2010

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Bloomberg:
China Brushes Off Google Threat, Welcomes Law Abiders  —  China brushed off Google Inc.'s threat to withdraw from the country because of censorship requirements and cyber attacks, saying it encourages the development of an open Internet.  China welcomes international enterprises …
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Rebecca Mackinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Google Gets On the Right Side of History  —  The Chinese people will learn who their real friends are.  —  One night in the mid-1990s when I was working as a journalist in Beijing, I went out to dinner with some Chinese friends.  I had just finished reading a book called “The File” by the British historian Timothy Garton-Ash.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers used rigged PDFs to hit Google — and Adobe, says researcher  —  Adobe confirms attack against its network linked to Google's  —  Computerworld - Adobe today confirmed that the cyberattack that hit its corporate network earlier this month was connected to the large-scale attacks …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Soul Searching: Google's position on China might be many things, but moral it is not  —  “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”  - John F. Kennedy  —  How exciting!  Google has issued a statement saying it's un-censoring its search results in China!
Discussion: Economist and SFGate
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Said to Be Target of Hacker Attacks From China  —  (Adds Chinese government response in ninth paragraph.  See {EXT2<GO>} for more on Google and China.)  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc., owner of the No. 2 search engine in the U.S., was targeted by a Chinese attack similar …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Google attack part of widespread spying effort  —  IDG News Service - Google's decision Tuesday to risk walking away from the world's largest Internet market may have come as a shock, but security experts see it as the most public admission of a top IT problem for U.S. companies: ongoing corporate espionage originating from China.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:   Chinese entrepreneurs, investors on Google: 'Just quit.  We don't care.'
Roger Cheng / Digits:   Google Exiting China Could Hurt Android Adoption in Region
Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone With Better Camera May Be Out By June, Goldman's Chen Says  —  Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone will probably be available as early as June, include a more advanced camera, and may feature a touch-sensitive casing, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Robert Chen …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Sony's E-Reader Opens New Chapter in Kindle Rivalry  —  Sony, the Japanese electronics giant, was a pioneer in the current wave of electronic book readers, introducing its first Sony Reader model back in 2006.  But, it has been overtaken by Amazon.com, whose Kindle e-book reader …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Vodafone takes on TomTom with free satNav iPhone app, shifts 50k iPhones  —  Vodafone began offering the iPhone to its UK customers today, and seems off to a strong start - it despatched 50,000 units to customers pre-ordering the device today.  —  Vodafone joins Orange …
Tim / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
12 Trends to Watch in 2010  —  It's the dawn of a new year.  From our perch on the frontier of electronic civil liberties, EFF has collected a list of a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we think will play a significant role in shaping online rights in 2010.
Discussion: Kindle Review and Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
A Heated Debate at the Top  —  Co-Founder Brin Pushed for Backing Out of China, While CEO Schmidt Made Moral Argument to Stay  —  Google Inc.'s startling threat to withdraw from China was an intensely personal decision, drawing its celebrated founders and other top executives into a debate …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Sergey Brin Is Force Behind Google's Showdown with China, Ken Auletta
Discussion: Guardian
Boy Genius Report:
Apple's tablet is an “iPhone on steroids”  —  One of our close Apple connects who hasn't steered us wrong dropped a little bit of information on us.  Here's what we know:  — The tablet's multi-touch gestures are “out of control.”  — It's powered by an incredibly fast ARM CPU
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Q&A with Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha: Motoblur Tablet on the Way?  —  He's credited with rescuing Motorola from the blink of oblivion.  And he recently spearheaded the introduction of the hottest-selling Android phone yet, thanks in part to Verizon Wireless' massive advertising campaign.
Gabriel Snyder / valleywag - Gawker:
Announcing Valleywag's Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt: Win Up to $100,000!  —  We've had enough of trying to follow all the speculation around Apple's impending tablet — how it'll work, its size, the name, the software and whether it will save magazines.  We want answers, dammit!  And we're willing to pay.
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Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
IBM grabs largest enterprise cloud deployment  —  IBM is expected to announce on Thursday the largest enterprise cloud computing deployment to date as Panasonic begins a migration off Microsoft Exchange to IBM's LotusLive cloud service.  More than 100,000 employees will participate …
David Coursey / PC World:
Google's Free File Storage Not Such a Good Deal  —  Google's introduction of free online storage for any type of file serves as a reminder that storing a gigabyte of data in the Internet cloud can vary in price from free to $3.50 per, and that's just what Google charges its customers.
Discussion: ChannelWeb and PCLaunches.com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple ‘experts’ to debut in retail stores within weeks  —  Apple's retail “experts” — a new position that will serve as a roaming counterpart to existing “geniuses” at brick-and-mortar locations — are expected to debut in stores in a matter of weeks, people familiar with the matter have told AppleInsider.
Stuart Dredge / Mobile Entertainment:
iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users share same app tastes  —  They dream the same dreams, they like the same apps, says Mplayit  —  The same apps tend to be popular no matter what app store you look at, judging by a new piece of research from Mplayit.  —  The company, which runs …
Discussion: TUAW
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
On second thought, maybe the RIAA did conspire to fix prices, appeals court finds  —  Did the United States' major record labels, as early as 2001, conspire to establish a system for the distribution and sale of digital music that would have seen subscribers paying up to $240 per year …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Intel denies Corei5 MacBook prize claims  —  Intel has rejected yesterday's reports claiming imminent release of new Core i5 MacBook Pros.  —  As reported by Spanish site Faq-Mac.com, an Intel promotion suggested Apple to be on the cusp of releasing new Core i5 MacBooks.
Discussion: MacRumors
Daily Mail:
Recaptured: The convict who taunted police on Facebook during FOUR months on the run  —  An escaped convict who relentlessly taunted police on Facebook has finally been arrested after nearly four months on the run, it was announced today.  —  Craig ‘Lazie’ Lynch, 28, was nearing the end …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Still Considering Offering a Stylus?  —  Tablet-like device depicted with stylus  —  Given Steve Jobs' distaste for styluses, it comes as a surprise that Apple has recently applied for a patent application exploring the use of a stylus for the capacitive touch sensors found on the iPhone.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawsuits: AT&T collects illegal taxes on Internet access  —  AT&T's wireless unit has been hit by numerous federal lawsuits over the last month, each arguing that the mobile telephony giant is illegally collecting nonexistent “taxes” on phone data access plans.
Helen Walters / Brand New Day:
Consumers Don't Dig Apple iTunes  —  Forrester just released its annual Customer Experience Index, a ranking of some 133 companies across 14 industries.  The firms were rated by regular users according to three principles: whether the service met the customer's needs; how easy it was to work with a firm …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Helps Vevo Overtake MySpace Music In The U.S. (Plus, Top Ten Music Properties)  —  The biggest U.S. music service on the Web in December was Vevo, a new entrant which is a joint venture between Google, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music.  Dubbed the “Hulu of music videos,” …
 
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Ars Technica:
feature: ENUM: Dragging telephone numbers into the Internet Age
Thanks:atul
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Xerox Wants to Lip-Sync Your TV Shows to Insert Ads, Foil DVRs
Discussion: Go Rumors
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast wants “clear rules,” even if it means net neutrality
Discussion: Maximum PC
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone Doubles Up Android On Mobile Ad Click Rates; Both Destroyed By Symbian
Rebecca MacKinnon / Guardian:
Will Google stand up to France and Italy, too?
Discussion: New York Times
Datamation:
Zimbra: Yahoo Wasn't a Fit
Discussion: ServerWatch, eWeek and Zimbra :: Blog
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Software sales slip just 1 percent for holidays
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Gmail takes the lead on email security
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Shutting Down Rupert Murdoch's Social Experiments Lab
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RealNetworks Founder And CEO Rob Glaser Finally Quits (RNWK)
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Mozilla Gets Ready to Put Prism on Your Desktop With New Beta Release
Discussion: 901am, Thanks:chrismessina
24/7 Wall St.:
Apple App Store Has Lost $450 Million To Piracy